COLUMBUS GROVE — Marie P. Korte Schmersal, 94, died at 7:25 a.m., on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born on May 18, 1920 in Cuba, Ohio to Edward and Petronella (Merschman) Bockrath, who preceded her in death.
married Raymond J. Korte on May 21, 1941 and he died on July 20, 1986.
She then married Gerald William Schmersal on Aug. 21, 1992 and he died
on Jan. 3, 2014.
A homemaker, Mrs. Schmersal was a 73 year member
of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society of the
church. She was a 4-H leader, had worked at McAdams Florist, Columbus
Grove. She was a Sales Agent for the Catholic Ladies of Columbia,
Council #166, and had served nine years as the Director of the State
Board of the C.L.C., and seven years on the Toledo Diocesan Council of
Catholic Women. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary
#516, a member of the Senior Citizens, and a 50 year member of the
neighborhood Pinochle Club, all of Columbus Grove. She also was past
president of the Putnam County Council on Aging. Marie loved music,
playing the piano and the accordion since childhood. As a teenager, she
played for Masses at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Cuba, and
substituted at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus Grove.
include two sons, Ronald (Carol) Korte of Columbus Grove and Robert
(Theresa) Korte of Ottawa; five daughters, Alice (Dan) Hall of
Fitzgerald, Georgia, Jane Williams of Thomasville, North Carolina,
Phyllis (Timothy) Hunt and Arlene (Alan) Stover both of Columbus Grove
and Virginia Thompson of Findlay; five step daughters, Patricia Dallal
of Worthington, Sylvilla (John) Nick of Bradenton, Florida, Mary
(Robert) Sherman of Largo, Florida, Cynthia (Jay) Harden of Cygnet, and
Lisa (Leroy) Schroeder of Ottawa; six step sons, Eugene (Nancy)
Schmersal of Kalida, Charles (Robin) Schmersal of Pandora, Robert (Mary
Jo) Schmersal of Ottawa, Paul (Carolyn) Schmersal of Ottawa, Thomas
(Dianne) Schmersal of Cloverdale and Kevin (Bev) Schmersal of Ottawa;
one step son-in-law, Steve Stechschulte of Kalida; two sisters-in-law,
Mary Margaret Bockrath of Glandorf and Leona Korte of Leipsic; one
brother-in-law, Michael “Elmer” Korte of Leipsic; 14 grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
preceded in death by three grandchildren, Robin Bandine, Timothy Hunt
and Tina Hunt; one brother, Thomas Bockrath; two sons-in-law, Jasper
Williams and Joe Dugger; one step daughter, Geraldine A. Stechschulte;
one step son-in-law, Eli Dallal; four sisters-in-law and seven
Services will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July
19,bat St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove with Rev. Tom Extejt
officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Columbus Grove.
may call 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Hartman Sons Funeral
Home, Columbus Grove, where the CLC Rosary will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony School Endowment Fund, Putnam County Hospice or charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hartmansonsfuneralhome.com.